France at War

(notes by Max Rives)


In 1915, in the second year of the Great War, Kipling made a tour as a journalist on the front of some of the French armed forces. His report of what he had seen of the military activity was published in six articles in the Daily Telegraph, in England, and in the New York Sun.

They were collected in booklets in both countries, with some small textual variations.

We have used the English version in these notes to refer to page and line numbers.
The articles are collected in Scribner’s Edition vol. 34, the Burwash Edition vol 20, and the Sussex Edition vol 26 page 65.

The text itself is preceded by the full quotation of the well-known and beautiful poem “France”, written two years before, in 1913, on the occasion of a visit of the French Président de la République Raymond Poincaré to England.

Notes on the text

In preparing these notes, the Editor has drawn where appropriate on those of the ORG. The original articles were published on the same dates in the Daily Telegraph and New York Sun. The page and line numbers are based on those of the booklet (above) published in London by Macmillan in 1915. Since this is not widely available we have also reproduced the text on this site, with links to the notes. The titles vary in some cases between English and American publication; we have used the English titles in these notes.


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